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Join in Messiah sing along

Join in ‘Messiah’ sing along with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra

Recent studies have shown that group singing can help reduce stress and increase pleasure-causing chemicals in the brain.

If that sounds good—with the hustle and bustle of holiday gift-giving, travel and meal-preparation weighing heavy this time of year—then a longtime Claremont tradition may be just the thing.

Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd annual holiday sing-along, where “the audience IS the chorus,” takes place Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, featuring the Christmas portion of George Friderick Handel’s oratorio “Messiah,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and the traditional finale “Hallelujah!”

Soloists include Jessie Tisdale, soprano; Christina Roszhart, mezzo-soprano; Eliseo Zari III, tenor; and John-David Wiese, baritone.

Science Nordic reported recently that Norwegian researchers found participation in a choir is linked with better mental health.

“The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological,” said Graham Welch, chair of music education at the Institute of Education at the University of London, in a Heart Research UK statement. The benefits of singing, the study found, range from the physical—because it boosts oxygen levels in the blood—to the psychological—because it lowers stress and boosts feelings of community.

The event is free and open to the public. Little Bridges is located at 150 E. Fourth St. More information is at claremontso.org.

—Mick Rhodes



THE BLACK WATCH PUB: 497 N. Central Ave., #B, Upland. Live music at 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and occasional Sundays. No cover. Info: theblackwatchpub.com or (909) 981-6069.  

—Friday, December 16: Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight, 9:30 p.m.

—Saturday, December 17: Kellogg Phil and the Lost Weekend (Jeff “Dutch” Masters, Roy Durnal and Lazy Brad Lewis retirement party), 9 p.m.

EUREKA CLAREMONT: 580 W. First St., Claremont. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday; closed at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. “Hoppy” Hour daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Information:  (909) 445-8875.

—Tuesdays: Half-off wine by the glass.

—Wednesdays: Steal-the-Glass craft beer of the week.

THE FOLK MUSIC CENTER: 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. Info: folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

—Open mic night, last Sunday of every month. Sign-up at 6 p.m., performances 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $2.

FLAPPERS COMEDY: 540 W. First St., Claremont. Show times: Friday at 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. 18 and over. Info: flapperscomedy.com or (818) 845-9721.

—Friday, December 16: Shared Holiday Party with Helen Hong, 8 and 10 p.m., $20.

—Saturday, December 17: Shared Holiday Party with Helen Hong, 7 and 9:30 p.m., $20.

—Sunday, December 18: Willie Randolph, 7 p.m., $20.

FOX THEATER POMONA: 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. Info: foxpomona.com or (909) 784-3677. 

THE GLASS HOUSE: 200 W. Second St., Pomona. Info: glasshouse.us or (909) 865-3802.     

—Friday, December 16: The Chris Gagnon Band, Still Here, Tomorrow’s Tessellations, The Gems, The Red Balloons, 7 p.m., all ages, $12.

—Friday, December 16 (at Acerogami): Sextile, Second Still, Unbloom, 10 p.m., 21 and over, $5.

—Tuesday, December 20: David Siahaan: The Christmas Show, 7 p.m., all ages, $12.

HOTEL CASA 425: 425 W. First St., Claremont. Live music Wednesdays 6 to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 7 to 10 p.m. Information: casa425.com or (909) 624-2272.

LAST NAME BREWING: 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. Live music Saturdays and occasional other days. Performances run from 6 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. No cover. Info: lastnamebrewing.com or (909) 579-0032.

—Friday, December 16: Blues and Fries.

—Saturday, December 23: Blue Hwy.

—Friday, December 30: The Fallen Electric.

PACIFIC WINE MERCHANTS: 210 East A St., Upland. At the Old Upland Depot Station. Beer garden, cigar lounge. Follow PWM on Facebook. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Live music some Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10 p.m.

THE PRESS RESTAURANT: 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Live music Thursday through Saturday, open until 2 a.m. DJ every Thursday at 11 p.m. 21 and over after 9 p.m. Standing room only after 9:30 p.m. No cover unless noted. Info: thepressrestaurant.com or (909) 625-4808.

—Friday, December 16: The No. 44, Mosquitto, 10 p.m.

—Saturday, December 17: 90 Proof, 10 p.m.

—Sunday, December 18: Sunday piano with Patrick Vargas, 6 p.m.; KSPC Video Game Music Show DJ, 9:30 p.m.

—Monday, December 19: International Ogle Our Bar Dudes Night, 11 p.m.

—Tuesday, December 20: King Trivia, 8:30 p.m.

—Wednesday, December 21: Adrienne, Amy Maloof, 9:30 p.m.

—Thursday, December 22: The Lounge Trio, 8:30 p.m.; DJ Rydell, 11 p.m.

—Friday, December 23: Wckr Spgt Hometown Holiday Show, 10 p.m.

—Saturday, December 24: Closed.

TUTTI MANGIA: 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Late night happy hour Friday, Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. Bar menu available until 10:30 p.m. featuring $2 oyster shooters and $3 caprese sliders. Info: tuttimangia.com or (909) 625-4669.

—Fridays: Kip Noble (keyboards). 5 to 11 p.m.

WALTER’S RESTAURANT: 310 Yale Ave., Claremont. VIP and fire pit lounge open from 7 to 10 p.m. Happy hour specials are only valid in the bar and lounge areas. Info: waltersrestaurant.com or (909) 767-2255.

—Thursdays: Michael Ryan, Ken Soderlund, Hai Muradian.

—Fridays and Saturdays: DJs, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.




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